Paul Jewell has ‘young and hungry’ footballers within own squad says outgoing academy head Sammy Morgan
PAUL Jewell can look within his own squad – now and in the future – for the “young and hungry” footballers he craves.
That is the view of outgoing Academy manager Sammy Morgan, who believes the Town boss has a number of youngsters at his disposal who could form the spine of the team for years to come.
Heading that list is Josh Carson and Luke Hyam who will be hoping to become Championship regulars next season while Byron Lawrence has already given a tantalising glimpse of his undoubted potential.
Add to that a promising batch of Under-16s, including 14-year-old Debenham High School pupil George Fowler, and there are many reasons for Town fans to be hopeful for the seasons ahead.
Morgan, who yesterday stepped down as academy manager, said: “The future does indeed look bright.
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“Josh Carson and Luke Hyam both have hunger and desire to make it. It is not for me to say whether they should play in the first team, but I am convinced they will have good careers and I sincerely hope that it is with Ipswich.”
Jewell has made no secret of his plan to sign young guns this summer as he looks to build for the future.
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The first of them, highly-rated Welsh teenager Elliott Hewitt, this week signed a three-year contract to come from Macclesfield Town while Hyam had to be content with just a 12-month deal last year – meaning he is once again playing for his future.
But Morgan insists the midfielder – as well as Carson – has all the tools to make it at the club.
He added: “Luke Hyam is an utterly determined and focused young footballer. While with Josh, he made a brave, but good, decision to come here in the first place as there was quite a lot of competition from the Premier League. They have real grit to succeed and I am sure they will.”